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Cotton: Democrats’ Opposition to Kavanaugh a ‘Laughable Political Game’

12 July 2018

"That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesdays".

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October.

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Political scientists have developed several reliable measures of judicial ideology that place the justices on a single left-to-right scale. Associate justices on the Supreme Court make $255,300, while Chief Justice John Roberts draws a $267,000 salary.

In his time on the Court, Justice Kennedy was often in this position as the median justice.

Here's what you need to know about this Yale grad, former Kennedy clerk and handpicked selection of the Heritage Foundation, who at just 53 could shape judicial precedent for decades if confirmed. But there is only one case in Kavanaugh's record that is related to reproductive rights. But we have too much evidence of justices' preferences shifting over time (see Justices Blackmun and Stevens for recent examples) to make reliable inferences 20 or 30 years out.

That may have been on Kavanaugh's mind late Monday when the federal judge seemed to go out of his way to praise his "inspiring" wife and "spirited" daughters, and told the story of his mother, a teacher-turned-prosecutor who "overcame barriers" to become a trial judge. "A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility-which I take very seriously".

The degree to which a paper trail can help and hurt a nominee depends, in part, on what type of writing is available. "That would certainly be on the table", said Frances Lee, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland who studies Congress. Colbert said, "So he thinks the president should be above the law because his job is hard?" Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Federalist Society has grown in size and influence.

What is relatively new this year is the influence that the Federalist Society had (through Leonard Leo) in the construction of the list of potential nominees that the president made public during the campaign. While interest groups often have input or influence in the process of selecting and confirming judges and justices, the role of the Federalist Society in this process, for this administration, is much more extensive than in years past.

"This, of course, is another peculiarity of the Trump presidency: blockbuster news has a way of popping out of nowhere and dominating the conversation in ways that no one expected".

Barring any unexpected discoveries, do you expect Kavanaugh's nomination to be successful?

I do. That's not to say it won't be hard.

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down, reporters have reason to question Paul's loyalty to this Supreme Court pick.

"Judge Kavanaugh is the real deal", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said one day after a closed-door meeting with the nominee.

Kavanaugh's nomination has already sparked controversy among Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised Monday evening to fight the nomination "with everything I have" during the nomination process.

Later, though, in a 2009 Minnesota law review article, Kavanaugh expressed misgivings about the way the investigation unfolded, arguing that a president should not have to face civil lawsuits or investigations during his time in office because they would be "time-consuming and distracting", the Post said.

And the court has a strong East Coast bias, with Justice Neil Gorsuch and Thomas the only justices who spent any of their professional lives west of the Potomac River. In short: We should expect to hear a lot about this in the coming weeks and months.

Cotton: Democrats’ Opposition to Kavanaugh a ‘Laughable Political Game’